The West End production of The Phantom of the Opera will resume performances at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London this June, assuming government audience restrictions are lifted.
Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber revealed the news in a recent interview with the Daily Telegraph, in which he noted the advances in coronavirus vaccines was a hugely positive step for the theatre industry.
Whilst the production has been on hiatus, Her Majesty’s Theatre has undergone a much-needed renovation which the 34 year running of the show had previously prevented.
When the Phantom does return fans will notice it won’t be the original production– as previously reported Lloyd Webber and Producer Cameron Mackintosh were at odds over whether the original production would return – and it will be interesting to see the extent of the changes. A joint statement released this summer stated it will take the form of a ‘brand new physical production’ of the original design.
Killian Donnelly, who most recently starred as Jean Val Jean in the UK and Ireland tour of Les Miserables, will play the Phantom. His numerous West End credits include Charlie Price in Kinky Boots, DJ Huey Calhoun in Memphis The Musical, Deco in The Commitments and Tony in Billy Elliot.
Further casting to be announced.
Based on a French gothic novelThe Phantom of the Opera tells the story of a disfigured composer, who lives in the bowls of the Paris Opera house, and falls in love with a young singer with devastating consequences. Featuring Lloyd Webber’s soaring score the musical is written by Richard Stilgoe with lyrics by Charles Hart with co-orchestration by Lloyd Webber and David Cullen.